Citrus College student detained after shooting threat deemed 'suicide-by-cop' attempt

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Two colleges in Glendora and Azusa were placed on lockdown Tuesday after one received an unspecified threat, authorities said. (KABC)

Citrus College was locked down for hours after an online student threatened to "shoot up" the campus in an apparent "suicide-by-cop" attempt, police say.

Glendora police say they received a 911 call at 11:17 a.m. from a man saying he was on his way to shoot up Citrus College.

Authorities locked down the campus at 11:28 a.m. and called in other law enforcement agencies, including a regional SWAT team.

Terrell Lee Bennett, 30, of Chino, shown in a 2012 photo, allegedly threatened to shoot up the Citrus College campus in a "suicide-by-cop" attempt, Glendora police say.

Officials say they found the suspect's vehicle in a campus parking lot at 11:39 a.m. and called in the sheriff's bomb squad as they began a room-to-room search of the campus.

Authorities say the suspect, Terrell Lee Bennett, 30, of Chino surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody at 3:42 p.m.

It was not disclosed if he was armed, but officials say there were no explosives present.

Bennett is an online student at the school who was scheduled for an in-person class today.

"Suicide-by-cop appears to be a possible motive based on Bennett's comments," the Glendora Police Department said in a release.

Nearby Azusa Pacific University was also locked down for a short time during the incident.

By around 6 p.m., police said the Citrus College lockdown had been lifted.
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